FIFAVIC – The Europe Maghreb Aviculture Forum

Context

Poultry farming has become a very important industry today, requiring considerable investment, both intellectual and financial. It is on this modern industry that the yield of poultry production has been able to develop. The old poultry industry has been replaced by an industrial activity that uses the most advanced technologies in the field of refrigeration, physics and mechanics to develop, manufacture, preserve and distribute new presentations of poultry products and derivatives.

In a developing and highly competitive world market, the major challenge for the Maghrebian poultry sector is to control the supply of the national market, despite the handicaps of high production costs, caused by a poor mastery of production techniques and a dependence on imported inputs. This challenge is twofold for the European poultry industry, which must not only maintain control of its market supply but also improve its competitiveness on the world market.

Europe and the Maghreb have special relations, both because of their geographical proximity and the density of their trade and because of the legacy of their colonial past. More cooperation and complementarity would allow these countries to share their experiences, to benefit from economies of scale and to propose a coherent and more attractive offer for their national market, but also for international investors.

In Europe, there are countries that are world leaders in the field of poultry breeding, that use the most advanced techniques and materials and that have developed the most efficient machines and processes in the world to increase productivity, lower costs and improve the quality of poultry products. The Maghreb can benefit from drawing inspiration from the achievements and experience acquired in Europe to avoid failures.

This forum will provide a framework for dialogue, experience sharing and exchanges between poultry farming stakeholders from both sides of the Mediterranean. The organisers of the forum will seek to give priority to contributions that fall within one of the following six areas, while leaving
the possibility for everyone to formulate a communication proposal in the desired field.

These 6 axes include:

  1. The organization and control of the value chain, determining factors in the commercial competitiveness of companies
  2. Investment in the Maghreb: Barriers and Opportunities
  3. The leading European poultry farming countries, examples to follow
  4. Maghreb’s dependence on the foreign market for concentrated poultry feed
  5. Extension and technical support to farmers are reliable means of reducing failures in poultry farming techniques in the Maghreb
  6. Diversification of poultry products (rabbit farming, guinea fowl, ducks, ostrich…)

Topics covered in the forum

  • Theme 1. Investment, a lever for the development of the milk sector
  • Topic 2. Nutrition and feeding of dairy cows
  • Topic 3. Dairy cattle reproduction, insemination and genetics
  • Theme 4. The role of services (Insurance, banks and training centres) in the development of the milk sector
  • Topic 5. Prophylaxis, hygiene and environmental control
  • Topic 6. Operation of livestock buildings and equipment for dairy cattle

Key dates to remember

  • January 31, 2022: Deadline for submission of communication proposals (abstracts)
  • 05 February 2022: Response from the Scientific Committee
  • February 10, 2022: Submission of full articles for publication on MAGVET (for the most interesting submissions)

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